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Boston, MA (February 4, 2018) –– Veteran star forward Caroline Ouellette established a new CWHL all-time record for goals after notching her 131st regular season goal against the Blades on Sunday. Les Canadiennes leave Boston triumphant with a 5-4 (SO) and 6-0 victories this weekend.
With the goal, Ouellette surpasses Canadian hockey legend Jayna Hefford (130). Since making her season debut against the Vanke Rays on Jan. 27, she has recorded 5 points (1G, 4A) in 5 games. The four-time Clarkson Cup champion found the back of the net for the first time since the 2016-17 CWHL season when she scored a goal against the Brampton Thunder (now Markham Thunder) on Jan. 28th, 2017. Ouellette also holds the record for the most assists (183) and points (314).
Sophomore power forward Sarah Lefort scored four goals and three assists in two games this weekend, including her second career hat-trick on Saturday. In four games, Lefort has collected nine goals and 13 points.
Captain Ann-Sophie Bettez was dominant this weekend as well, notching three goals and one assist. With 99 regular season goals, Bettez is one goal-shy of hitting the 100-goal mark. Dynamic veteran forward Noémie Marin recorded one goal and four assists this weekend and is locked in a tight-race for the most goals in the CWHL as well. She scored her 129th regular season goal against the Blades this weekend, placing her one goal behind Hefford and two goals behind Ouellette.
Montreal fought their way back from three goal deficits –– 2-0, 3-1, and 4-3–– thanks to a hat-trick from Lefort and a goal from Bettez before taking the game into overtime and shootout. Katia Clement-Heydra and Lefort defeated Boston netminder Lauren Dahm, who made 48 saves. Emerance Maschmeyer stopped both Blades shots in the shootout to lead Les Canadiennes to a 5-4 victory.
Rookie goaltender Marie-Soleil Deschênes marked her first game in the CWHL with a shutout, stopping all 15 shots. Five different forwards –– Bettez (2), Marin, Ouellette, Lefort and Clement-Heydra –– found the back of the net to give Montreal a 6-0 victory. After two periods, Boston replaced Dahm with goaltender Amanda Carridi for the remainder of the game.
Les Canadiennes will return home to prepare for their first-ever trip to China from Feb. 25 to Mar. 2 to face the Vanke Rays and Kunlun Red Star. All four games will be live-streamed on theCWHL.com.
Les Canadiennes will play their last two home games of the season on March 10th for their annual “Pink in the Rink” game and March 11th, which will be broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet. Both games will be played at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
For tickets to the game on March 10th (Pink in the Rink), click here.
For tickets to the game on March 11th (broadcasted on Sportsnet), click here.
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About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. A not-for-profit organization, the league is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, while providing a place for the best female hockey players in North America to train and compete. Affordably priced, all CWHL games showcase speed, finesse and skill. Since its inception in 2007, the CWHL has supported all teams in their season of home/away games, as well as charity and exhibition games in the community. Each season has culminated in an exciting playoff tournament where the top teams play-off for the Clarkson Cup, the equivalent of the Stanley Cup in women’s hockey.
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